Enjoy our St Pete Beach Travel Guide and discover the gorgeous and laid-back St. Pete Beach voted TripAdvisor's No. 4 Beach in the U.S. in 2016, based on millions of reviews from travelers around the world: when you visit this magical expanse of sand, you’ll understand why. Our St Pete Beach Travel Guide will give you everything you need to plan a wonderful beach side vacation here.
St. Pete Beach’s shores include the longest undeveloped stretch of public beach in the county at Pass-a-Grille Beach. Live it up with a variety of water sports, from parasailing and stand-up paddle boarding to windsurfing and kite boarding. White-sand Florida beaches with crystal-clear water, a foodie and arts scene praised by Travel & Leisure, and glittering nightlife options that range from craft beer bars to New York-style dance clubs—in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area, the options are endless for whatever kind of vacation you’re yearning for, be it rejuvenating or exhilarating. Visit the best beaches in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area here.
St. Pete Beach Weather (Best Time to Go)
The best time to visit St. Petersburg is from March to May, when the weather is comfortably hot and a plethora of outdoor events make the city come alive. You'll find more affordable room rates from June to November, but the threat of hurricanes is imminent and the weather can often be scorching. The temperature cools down significantly for the winter months. The Sunshine City is great to visit year-round but it's particularly pleasant in the springtime when the temperatures range from the lower 60s to the mid-80s. Sporting events bring huge crowds, so hotel rates may be high. But the increase in outdoor festivities and the blooming purple jacaranda trees make the visit worth it. June to November is hurricane season and average temperatures in St. Petersburg during these months range from the mid-60s to the high 80s. July and August are the hottest months and rainfall is most frequent in the month of August. Though the heat and threat of hurricanes may dissuade you, there are a few upsides to a trip at this time: bargain rates and plenty of events and festivals. It is a little chillier in the winter months with average temperatures fluctuating between the mid-50s and mid-70s. The sun shines nonetheless and manatee sightings are frequent.
Best St Pete Beach Area Beaches
Treasure Island offers a very wide, white-sand beach – and just off the beach, visitors will find plenty of hotels, condos and conveniences such as restaurants and shops. To find a beach access point, look for the bright blue and orange seagull signs.
Nicknamed “Mad Beach,” Madeira Beach can best be summed up as “old Florida beach town,” largely because of the influence of rustic landmark Johns Pass Village and Boardwalk, just across from the beach. You can rent a wave runner here or book a fishing trip, too. To end the day perfectly, take a sunset cruise from the marina.
Fort De Soto Park
You can call it a beach, but Fort De Soto Park is much more than a beach. This much-praised county park – part of the boating community of Tierra Verde – covers five islands and 1,136 acres on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, and offers activities and amenities to entertain you for a day or more (campsites and abundant hotels nearby enable extended stays). With so many possibilities, set an agenda that’s full or freewheeling: Rent a canoe, kayak or bike to explore the park’s trails; fish from a pier; visit the historic fort; or simply lounge on the beach named “Best Beach for Families” by USA Today in 2014.
There’s a bit of a backyard party vibe going here – meaning that this beach is small-scale and friendly. After some sunshine and a swim, mingle with the locals and enjoy a grouper sandwich and a cold beer at one of several outdoor bars and restaurants nearby.
Egmont Key State Park & National Wildlife Refuge
Although this park is primarily a wildlife refuge, it is a place to relax and collect shells along secluded, prestine beaches. Accessible only by private boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. You can tour the historic sites and trails, enjoy swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, and picnicking
Best St Pete Beach Tours & Activities
Evening Yacht Cruise with Optional Dining in St. Petersburg
Spice up any Florida vacation with a cruise on the Gulf of Mexico. Beginning in St. Petersburg, enjoy a beautiful sunset (depending upon the time of year) and listen to live music on board the elegant ‘StarLite Sapphire' yacht. Choose from the open-air observation deck or the climate-controlled cabin inside. Either way, the view is spectacular. Then dance the night away or take a romantic stroll along the deck. Book your Evening Yacht Cruise here.
St Petersburg Speed Boat Adventure
Experience the thrill of driving a speedboat across the crystal blue waters of Tampa Bay on this sightseeing tour. Hop on board an F-13 mini speedboat and get ready for adventure. Follow a trained guide in a separate boat with a two-way communication system installed to talk back and forth. Check out the beautiful Florida coast and look for pods of dolphins and other wildlife swimming below or gliding down and around from above. Book your St Petersburg Speed Boat Adventure here.
St. Pete Beach Dolphin Racer Speedboat Adventure
Speed past beaches, skylines, and wildlife on this Dolphin Racer Speedboat Adventure from St. Pete. Take in the views and keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins that are known to reside in the area. Listen to informative commentary from your guide throughout the ride and enjoy the scenery as you zip around. This short tour easily fits into most schedules and is ideal for families with children. Book your St. Pete Beach Dolphin Racer Speedboat Adventure here.
St. Petersburg Jungle Prada Site History Tour
The Jungle Prada Site Tour explores the last 1,000 years of Florida history at one of most important historical landmarks in Tampa Bay. Discover one the best-preserved American Indian mounds in all of Florida on this 75-minute guided historical walking adventure. The tour is full of fantastic story telling. It's an immersive historical and botanical experience that should not be missed. Tours are limited to a maximum of 10 people. Book your Jungle Prada Site History Tour here.
Shared 2 Hours Small Group Sunset Cruise of St. Pete Beach
Glide through the residential canals of St. Pete Beach and watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico on an evening cruise in a luxury vessel. See waterside homes and mansions, and keep an eye out for dolphins on this small-group tour that highlights the beauty of Tampa Bay in Florida. Book your Small Sunset Cruise of St Pete Beach here.
Best St. Pete Beach Restaurants
Snapper's Sea Grill $11 – 30
Long-regarded as the “Gem of St. Pete Beach Restaurants,” Snapper’s features generous portions of fresh-caught seafood straight from the Gulf, exquisite desserts, and the finest, top-quality service you can find. Savor a restaurant experience like no other at Snapper’s! A gluten free menu is available. Menu Telephone: 727-367-3550 Web: Snapper's Sea Grill.
Bongos Beach Bar & Grill $11 – 30
Their popular menu consists of mouth-watering selections and dishes. If you’re searching for tempting light bites such as coconut crusted shrimp, crab cakes, mango glazed scallops or some outstanding buffalo wings, then look no further. Telephone: 727-360-1811 Web: Bongos Beach Bar & Grill.
Sea Turtle Restaurant $Under 10
This is a gathering place for friends and family, offering time-honored American favorites, hand made with fresh ingredients. They have a large menu to choose from, a children's menu and a beer & wine bar with a fun wine list. The menu offers seafood, steaks, burgers and sandwiches, with many vegetarian dishes also available. Telephone: 727-367-1727 Web: Sea Turtle Restaurant.
1200° Chophouse $31 – 60
For decades, St. Pete Beach faithful asked for a “great steak place on the Beach”. Chef/owner Dan Casey, Chicago native, answers by birthing his original Chophouse concept delighting Gulf coast residents and visitors nightly (indoor & outdoor year-round). The result: upscale comfortable ambiance with mouth-watering complete dinners that exceed the highest expectations priced very reasonably. Menu Telephone: 727-367-1300 Web: 1200° Chophouse.
Shells Seafood $11 – 30
Shells Seafood mission is still to serve only the finest quality ingredients prepared by experts in a fun, casual atmosphere. You've discovered the best place for seafood in the neighborhood. Menu Telephone: 727-826-0729 Web: Shells Seafood.
Best St. Pete Beach Bars
Bongo's Beach Bar & Grill
Dine with your toes in the sand or on one of the multi-level deck areas. As the sun sets and the air cools, enjoy lounging fireside while enjoying live music every night from some of the top bands in the area. Telephone: 727-360-1811 Web: Bongo's Beach Bar & Grill
The Drunken Clam
One of the things that is very special about this little beach bar is that all of the guests are friendly with each other. Locals and staff remember the seasonal visitors’ year to year. It is as though they were away on vacation and came back. The Drunken Clam has live music Tuesday through Saturday nights. Telephone: 727-360-1800 Web: The Drunken Clam
Sunset Cabana Bar
Situated on a picturesque sundeck and overlooking the beautiful Treasure Island beach, the Cabana Bar is open from noon until two hours after sunset every day. An extensive list of locally brewed beers, as well as wines, spirits and non-alcoholic smoothies, sodas and teas are available. Telephone: 727-360-4400 Web: Sunset Cabana Bar
Harry's Beach Bar
Harry’s Beach Bar, a favorite local’s hangout, has a new look, new menu and more! Experience open-air bar space, breathtaking ocean views and sublime sunsets next to The Sirata Resort’s newest sparkling swimming pool. Telephone: 727-363-5125 Web: Harry's Beach Bar
Jimmy B's Beach Bar
Jimmy B’s is a quintessential beachside hangout. Paved pathways lead directly from the wooden deck to the soft white sand of St. Pete Beach. Multiple bars serve up cold drinks and mouth-watering meals all day long, from an ice-cold beer and a gorgonzola bacon burger to a mai tai and shrimp flatbread. Telephone: 727-367-1902 Web: Harry's Beach Bar
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